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Roots of Resistance

Roots of Resistance: Memories of Nablus

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Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. In May of 1989, I left my job as a labour lawyer with a […]

Roots of Resistance: Posters of the first intifada

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This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. The poster tradition is an exceptional element of Palestinian cultural heritage, and the posters themselves are important repositories of primary data. Palestine posters created by artists at the time of the first Intifada […]

Jordan Valley settlers farm private Palestinian land while owners are barred from entering

Kate on

Palestinian owners barred from Jordan Valley land while Israeli farmers profit Haaretz 3 Jan — Thai workers from the Israeli settlements are allowed across the border fence into the area, while the Palestinians are not; IDF spokesman also refuses to let Haaretz reporters tour the area — Settlers in the Jordan Valley are farming more […]

Roots of Resistance: The intifada brought Palestine home

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Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. Twenty-five years ago, I had never visited Palestine. It was, I knew, the land […]

Roots of Resistance: The source of Palestinian power is the moral force of our cause

Ahmed Moor on

This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. Growing up, Gaza was a place like any other. But then that changed one summer. I was three when my family left Rafah. We moved to different countries for the next ten years, […]

Roots of Resistance: A moment of hope

Mariam C Said on

Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. The beginning of the First Intifada left an indelible impression on me. I can see […]

Roots of Resistance: We all have a responsibility to turn resistance into liberation

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This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. The first Intifada (actually the second if we include the Palestinian Revolt of 1936-39, both derided as “riots” and “disturbances” in Israeli historiography) stands alongside other historical acts of popular resistance to oppression, […]

Roots of Resistance: The first intifada and international solidarity

Nadia Hijab on

Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. In the years leading up to the 1st Intifada, an international solidarity movement had […]

Roots of Resistance: The first intifada in the context of Palestinian history

Helena Cobban on

This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. Ever since the early ethnic cleansings of 1947-48, the Palestinian people has suffered from the linked horrors of dispossession, dislocation, the breakup of families and communities, and the dispersal of communities and even […]

Roots of Resistance: Advent in Beit Sahour, November 5, 1989

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Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. In the valley east of Bethlehem lies the Shepherd’s Field from whence, we are […]

Roots of Resistance: The iconic ‘children of the stones’

Sandy Tolan on

Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. On December 8, 1987, in the Gaza Strip, four Palestinians were killed when an […]

Roots of Resistance: Witnessing history

Rev. Dr. Don Wagner on

This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. Looking back from today’s vantage point leads one to affectionately remember the first Palestinian “Intifada” as “the good old days.” After all, it pre-dated the violent second Intifada, the Apartheid Wall, the disastrous […]

Roots of Resistance: The first intifada and the non-emergence of a Palestinian state

Joel Beinin on

Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. In December 1988, a year after the outbreak of the first intifada, I joined […]

Roots of Resistance: Israeli repression reminiscent of the first intifada may provoke a new uprising

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on

Israeli soldiers torture Palestinians during the first intifada. (Warning: Graphic) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. Yesterday, two Israeli ministers initiated a request within the Knesset that, if approved, would permit the Israeli army the right to use live […]

Roots of Resistance: The Palestinian people’s most democratic moment

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Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. I think of the first Intifada, which erupted in late 1987 before waning in […]

Roots of Resistance: The visitors

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(Photo: Alison Glick) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. For much of the first intifada, Gaza was my home. My first visit to Gaza was in January 1988. A group of teachers from the Friends Schools in Ramallah where […]

Roots of Resistance: Khaled’s story

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This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. I arrived in Ramallah in the summer of 1986, eager to find a way to deepen my understanding and strengthen my commitment to (and activism for) peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. […]

In Honor of Titans

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Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here. In hindsight, the popular uprising that erupted in the occupied Palestinian territories on 9 […]